On the Cover: Happy Traum and his Santa Cruz Guitar Company H/13 

Editor at Large Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers visits Happy Traum at his home in Woodstock, New York, for a feature lesson that covers the guitarist and educator’s extraordinary six-decade career. 

Features, Lessons & Departments  

  • Mick Barr: Chatting with an electric virtuoso who has gone acoustic 
  • Fingerstyle Fundamentals: All about the history, players, techniques, and gear of this essential guitar technique 
  • Yasmin Williams: Catching up with the bold young fingerstyle guitarist 
  • Leo Brouwer: An appreciation of the Cuban guitarist/composer and his works 
  • Woodshed: How to use African rhythms and “wrong” notes, vis-à-vis Brouwer’s “Etude No. 5” 
  • Pickin’: How Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge play their arrangement of the traditional tune “Old Grimes” 
  • Makers & Shakers: Archtop luthier Maegan Wells 
  • Weekly Workout: Strategies for fingerstyle improvisation 
  • Here’s How: Using electronic loopers for compositional effects and more 
  • The Basics: Ongoing chord-melody series by jazz guitarist Greg Ruby 
  • Mixed Media: Acoustic-centric reviews of notable new album releases 


  • “House of the Rising Sun”– Campfire arrangement of the popular favorite 
  • “Worried Man Blues” – Fingerstyle arrangement by Happy Traum 
  • “Old Grimes” – A bluegrass standard 
  • “Etude No. 5” – By Leo Brouwer 
  • “After You’ve Gone”– Learn a chord-melody arrangement by Greg Ruby 
  • Surprise fingerstyle holiday arrangement by Sean McGowan

Gear Reviews

  • Santa Cruz Happy Traum H/13 signature model  
  • Epiphone Inspired by Hummingbird 
  • iZotope Spire Studio  
  • Music Nomad KISS System   
And More! 

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by August 6, 2021
  • Advertising materials due by August 13, 2021
  • Issue on sale October 5, 2021

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